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Humanitarian Health Ethics Symposium

When Jan 26, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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humanitarian ethicsPlease join us for Humanitarian Health Ethics Symposium
Thursday January 26, 3-5pm
MDCL 3023,
McMaster University

Tragic choices: ethical uncertainty and least-worst options in humanitarian healthcare

In the course of providing healthcare in situations of humanitarian crisis, health professionals face situations in which all available options are morally problematic in some way and, regardless of the decision made, something of moral significance will be given up. Such tragic choices have been described as an inescapable feature of humanitarian action. To illustrate the nature of these choices, I will discuss dilemmas related to the limits of professional competency, and dilemmas of patient selection. I will then propose avenues for humanitarian health professionals and humanitarian organizations to respond to these situations.

Panel on Ethics and Global Health Research in Humanitarian Emergencies
The panel will explore experience of doing global health research and ethical considerations experienced by field researchers, best practices and collaborations. Perspectives from epidemiology and anthropology research